Objective 2

Primary Constituents
Students
Primary DE&I Goal
Diversity
Other Applicable Domains
High Quality Academic & Professional Environment (Education & Scholarship; Development Opportunities; Promoting an Equitable and Inclusive Community)

Five-Year Strategic Objective 2

Increase college/program/unit, faculty, and staff participation in recruitment activities and exposures to “best practices” in recruitment and admissions in order to increase diversity in applicant pools, admitted students, and matriculated students (with regard to those meeting RMF-eligibility criteria, along with historically underrepresented minorities and women in historically underrepresented fields)

Measures of Success for Objective 2

  • Number of school/college/units, graduate programs and faculty participating in Rackham recruitment workshops or other educational events
  • Number of recruitment consultations with Rackham’s Recruitment Specialist
  • Number of school/college/units, graduate programs and faculty participating in Rackham’s Admissions for Diversity & Excellence Workshops
  • Program/faculty applications for recruitment and diversity grants for recruitment activities
  • Number of active Faculty Allies; attendance/participation of Faculty Allies in Rackham’s diversity activities related to recruitment and admissions
  • Increased awareness of Rackham’s Promising Practices Tool-Kit and database information around effective practices for enhancing recruitment

FY17 Actions

  • Increase active advertisement and outreach for faculty and staff participation in the “Circle of Recruitment” Workshop for developing active recruitment plans; Based on program/faculty input, consider multiple structures for delivering the workshop model and content (e.g., workshops, individual or group consultation, web-based materials, etc.)
  • Work with schools/colleges/units and graduate programs to encourage participation in Rackham’s Admissions for Diversity & Excellence Workshop (e.g., increase number of units requiring or strongly encouraging faculty and staff involved in admissions to attend Rackham’s admissions workshop
  • Evaluate and increase as needed the capacity for offering the admissions workshop at least annually to a larger number of units and faculty/staff.
  • Use input from faculty/staff to improve the admissions workshop and its usefulness for programs across disciplines (e.g., admissions practices and examples that apply to a range of disciplinary traditions, program sizes and structures); Evaluate and increase as needed the capacity for offering the admissions workshop at least annually to a larger number of units and faculty/staff; Based on program/faculty input, also consider multiple structures for delivering the workshop model and content (e.g., workshops, individual or group consultation, web-based materials, etc.)
  • Plan for increased outreach and distribution of resources and tools such as Rackham’s Promising Practices Tool-Kit and database information around effective practices for enhancing recruitment, as well as the Tableau dashboard for admissions information;
  • Promulgate and institutionalize best practices identified and developed through Rackham’s diversity grants, such as fall preview weekends, including providing education/training to ensure that all practices are developed and implemented in legally compliant ways